Make new traditions to help this year less stressful

Dec 12, 2020
Hello, Friends!
 
I can't believe we are only 2 weeks away from Christmas! I don't know about you, but it still doesn't feel like Christmas to me.
Normally, my whole house would be decorated the first weekend in November and I'd be wrapping presents and planning my trip home to family in Pennsylvania. I'd be baking cookies most weekends and spending time with friends.
This year looks radically different for all of us. I'm not even going to pretend that's not the case. It just kind of hit me this past week too, as Rhode Island's COVID-19 cases get worse, we've realized there's no way we can travel to PA for our regular holiday festivities.
This brought up a lot of emotions for me and I still have a bit to work through, to be honest. Instead of focusing on what we're missing this year, I've been researching fun outdoor or car-related festivities in my area to see where I can build new traditions.
I finally decorated the house this week and put my little 4' nine-year-old Target tree up with all of my favorite ornaments. I actually put all the lights in my ceramic trees and have them on! I never plug these in, out of pure laziness.
I wish I had the words to tell you it was going to be a great holiday season, but that would be bs. It's going to be weird and feel strange, and may not feel quite like we're used to it being.
BUT - this does give us all the opportunity to make new traditions and memories.
If you're feeling blah about the holidays, give it a try. Journal what you're feeling and acknowledge those things you are going to miss. Then take time to think about how you can create new memories and traditions.
Also, as we work towards the last three weeks of the year, make sure you take time for yourself each day. Whether that's a quick break in your car or taking a walk alone, meditating, journaling, exercising, you name it - just make sure you take that time to be in the moment.
If you need some extra help in the next few weeks, be sure to check out the mindfulness challenge going on!